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Can Predictive Analytics Help Reduce Workplace Risk?

Categories: Safety and Health Data, Technology

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” — Niels Bohr

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  • Text message to chemical plant manager: Chlorine leak expected on line 2 tomorrow. Inspect and repair.
  • High priority email and automatic call to coal mine superintendent: 83% chance of roof fall on section 4. Evacuate immediately and take corrective actions.
  • Monthly notice to OSHA regional administrator: HIGH PRIORITY INSPECTION ROSTER: Firms listed below have a greater than 80% probability of violations reflecting hazardous conditions requiring mitigation.

Connecting Occupational Public Health and Patient Care Through Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Categories: Safety and Health Data, Technology

ehr2This week is Health IT Week which recognizes efforts to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, increase patient safety, decrease medical errors, and strengthen the interaction between patients and healthcare providers via electronic health records (EHR).  NIOSH is working to improve occupational safety and health through health information technology.

In 2007, NIOSH undertook a seemingly straightforward task: to incorporate work information in electronic health records (EHRs).

So How Accurate Are These Smartphone Sound Measurement Apps?

Categories: Hearing Loss, Technology

Figure 1. The SoundMeter app on the iPhone 5 (L) and iPhone 4S (R) compared to ½” Larson-Davis 2559 random incidence type 1 microphone (C).

As of June 2013, 60% of all mobile subscribers use smartphones—that’s more than 140 million devices. Apple iOS and Google Android platforms account for 93% of those devices [Nielsen, 2013]. Smartphone developers now offer many sound measurement applications (apps) using the devices’ built-in microphone (or through an external microphone for more sophisticated applications). The use of smartphone sound measurement apps can have a tremendous and far-reaching impact in the areas of noise research and noise control in the workplace as every smartphone can be potentially turned into a dosimeter or a sound level meter

Making of the New NIOSH Homepage

Categories: Technology

NIOSH proudly introduces the new, streamlined NIOSH Homepage.

What you told us

Did you catch the St. Patrick’s Day launch of the new, streamlined NIOSH homepage? For those expecting a routine makeover, we want to take you behind the scenes. For over four years, the NIOSH Web Team has collected information through user testing and from feedback and discussions with users. We heard that the homepage was “link-heavy,” “busy,” “overwhelming,” and “a little dated.” Users told us they were distracted by too many links and found it harder to focus on finding what they wanted. The message was clear. A simpler interface design would make life easier.

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